An increasing amount of companies want or have to replace their conventional packaging made of plastic and similar materials with sustainable alternatives. In this context, one is inevitably confronted with the decision as to which option to switch to. Meanwhile, the market offers numerous sustainable packaging solutions, making it difficult to keep track.

In the following article, we introduce 15 innovative companies that have committed themselves to this very task: To make packaging as sustainable as possible, so that not only sustainable food, but also its packaging contributes to a future-oriented concept.

The following brands will be introduced

Polylactid (PLA) based
Other Materials



Base: Food waste

Procurement of renewable sources such as fruit and vegetable waste to produce high-quality packaging material.


Base: Milk protein

Edible, water-soluble and biodegradable packaging made from non-edible milk.

Outlander materials

Base: By-product of beer brewing

Excess by-product of beer brewing that creates a bio-based “UnPlastic” packaging solution


Apeel Sciences

Base: Glycerol phosphatides

Development of a method to keep products fresh longer by applying an additional vegetable protective layer on the surface.


Base: Palm tree leaves

Production of stable food packaging from dried, pressed palm leaves.

Cambridge Crops

Base: Silk

Using the starch of silk to prevent food from being spoiled by dehydration, oxidation and microbes.


Base: Algae

Replacement of plastic packaging through the use of natural substances such as plants and algae.

Polylactid (PLA) based

Sirane Earth Packaging

Base: PLA

Breathable bags made of natural biopolymers, with a focus on resource conservation (no plastics), compostability and recyclability.


Base: PLA

Compostable packaging with legally approved barrier properties for fresh meat.


Base: PLA

Transparent packaging material with the functionality of plastic and the biodegradability of an orange peel.



Base: Cellulose

Provision of robust natural packaging material from biowaste through bioprocessing.


Base: Cellulose

Offering a 100% biodegradable packaging film suitable for industrial use.


Base: Cellulose

Partnership with the conventional industrial partner “Wipak” for providing cellulose-based pellets, which are later processed into packaging material.

Other Materials


Base: Bioplastics

Discovery of a bioplastic that is completely water-soluble and can compete with conventional plastics in price and functionality.

WYSS Instiute

Basis: Chitosan & Fibroin

Research project of the Harvard Wyss Institute on insect chitosan as a substitute for the use of plastic.

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